ICMA Annual Conference
Find CPSM at the ICMA Annual Conference! CPSM will be at booth #529
Learn from Director Tom Wieczorek at CPSM’s session:
Mental Health of First Responders: Is it Okay to NOT Be Okay?
October 3, 2023
2:45pm to 3:45pm
Austin Convention Center
Room: Meeting Room 18AB
Description: A pandemic, social unrest, financial crisis, isolation, and wild climate conditions.
The perfect recipe when it comes to impacting the mental health of your first responders (and team). Death by suicide for police officers, fire, and EMS has reached crisis levels; last year law enforcement saw a 54% increase in the suicide risk when compared to civilian populations. What is causing this crisis? What can city managers and their team be on the look for? And if a death occurs by suicide, what resources and tools are available to move your team back from “it’s okay NOT to be okay” to “it’s okay to not be okay?”
What is the magnitude of the problem facing first responders and the city team?
What are the things that we can look out for? Are there signs and warnings?
What resources are available to help my team? And I live in a more remote area of the country — is there help here?